‘Ultimate Spider-Ham’ Marvel’s Next Big Animation?

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A spoof of Ultimate Spider-Man could easily run alongside new Avengers' cartoon.

With the successful release of Ultimate Spider-Man and it’s revamp of the Avengers, Disney XD and Marvel should take their fans off guard and revive an older Marvel property for animation, self-parodying Spider-Ham and call the show Ultimate Spider-Ham.

Here’s What You Need To Know

For those unfamiliar with the concept, Peter was a spider bitten by an irradiated pig (May Porker) and turned into something greater than either, the Spectacular Spider-Ham.  He first appeared in Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1 before moving on to his own monthly series and sporadic appearances in comics and video games ever since.  Peter Porker has previously encountered animal versions of Ultimate Spider-Man characters, including Mary Jane Waterbuffalo, J. Jonah Jackal and Nick Furry, agent of S.H.E.E.P. in addition to villains The Green Gobbler, Sandmanatee and Raven The Hunter and all of these characters seem ripe for use in such a show.

Why Is This A Good Idea?

With the success of DC’s humor-orientated take on their Teen Titans franchise with Teen Titans Go! the time seems ripe for Marvel to capitalize on this sort of take on their characters. The show could skew to an even younger demographic than Ultimate Spider-Man, perhaps attempting to reach fans of the late Super-Hero Squad.   Appealing to a younger age group while still hitting older fans with enough subversive humor and references to Marvel history to appeal to a wide base of fans could be just the thing to make Ultimate Spider-Ham a success.

But Will This Actually Happen?

It’s hard to tell.  A version of Spider-Ham recently appeared on Ultimate Spider-Man.  In this case it was the real Spider-Man transformed into a pig.  Add to that the sporadic appearance of Spider-Ham in video games and one-shot Marvel comics and it seems that Marvel is open to exploiting it’s most famous spider pig.